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Thoughtless Cruelty

By Charles Lamb

There, Robert, you have kill'd that fly ,
And should you thousand ages try
The life you've taken to supply, . . .

A Thousand Martyrs

By Aphra Behn

A thousand martyrs I have made,
   All sacrificed to my desire;
A thousand beauties have betrayed, . . .

Through a Glass Eye, Lightly

By Carolyn Kizer

In the laboratory waiting room
containing
one television actor with a teary face . . .

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown . . .

Tiger Mask Ritual

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

When you put on the mask the thunder starts.
Through the nostril’s orange you can smell
the far hope of rain. Up in the Nilgiris, . . .

The Time I’ve Lost in Wooing

By Thomas Moore

The time I’ve lost in wooing,
In watching and pursuing
The light, that lies . . .

Time of the Missile

By George Oppen

I remember a square of New York’s Hudson River glinting between warehouses.
Difficult to approach the water below the pier
Swirling, covered with oil the ship at the pier . . .

To -

By Sarah Helen Whitman

Vainly my heart had with thy sorceries striven:
It had no refuge from thy love,—no Heaven
But in thy fatal presence;—from afar . . .

To a Mouse

By Robert Burns

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty, . . .

To Althea, from Prison

By Richard Lovelace

When Love with unconfinèd wings
Hovers within my Gates,
And my divine Althea brings . . .